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Unread 10-30-2019, 04:00 PM   #1
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Need expertise matching grout

Good day all,
Loooong time listener first time caller.
Thank you to all the pros and posts over the years, this forum has helped me build skills and avoid pitfalls over the course of 7-8 bathroom renos (2x mud pans), a few floors and one kitchen counter. I'd consider myself somewhere between DIY weekend warrior and semi pro.

Have a client that wants to match tilework done years ago in a separate area of their bakery. Have matching tiles, need guidance on grout, please see attached photo.
1/4" groutlines

My initial thoughts are either a pewter gray or natural gray. I lost the picture I took when I was at the big orange box minutes ago...
I pulled an image off the interwebs.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 10-30-2019, 04:30 PM   #2
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When trying to match old grout, I like to take the grout chips out and look at them next to the old grout with the homeowner's help. Let them give their input then it's not all on your shoulders when it doesn't match exactly.

If possible, you want to make sure the grout is clean. If you sanded the surface a little in a hidden spot to get down to the true color then that will help. I still doubt the new grout will match exactly and I would make sure they know that from the beginning.
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Great advice Davy, share the burden.
Good call on sanding down existing, for sure there's some buildup on them. Perhaps I'll knife out a small chip.
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